RUTGERS UNIVERSITY SENATE
Minutes of University Senate, November 19, 1953
The first meeting of the University Senate for the academic year 1953-1954 was held on Thursday, November
19, 1953 at 4:00 p.m. in the University Commons, New Brunswick. Dr. Gross
opened the meeting explaining that. Dr. Jones had been delayed.
Present were President Jones, J.B.
Allison, R.A. Bowers, E.M. Burns, M.T. Corwin, B.H. Davis, G.S. Demarest, C.A.
Discher, E.C. Easton, G. R. Esterly, B.H. French, M. Gideonse, H. Gillespie, M.W.
Gross, . L. Hall, H.C. Herge, P.C. Ireton, H.T. Jewell, J.B. Keosian, J.H.
Koenig, R.W. Lippincott, E.E. McMahon, F.T. McGill, L.A. Martin, N.H. Martin,
A.E. Meder, J.D, Neill, H.G. Owen, E.R. Purvis, W. Rieman, H.J. Rockafeller,
M.J. Rodman, E.A. Shrader, J.J. Slade, Jr., E.P. Starke, M.H. Steinhauer, R.S.
Sweet, J.H. Taggart, M.D. Talbott, L K. Tunks, W.J. von Minden, R. Walker, G.S.
Weissman. K.E. Metzger served as secretary.
The following members of the Senate were excused: D.F. Cameron, S. Fich, W.A.
Maclinn, W.C. Russell, S.A. Waksman, H.P. Woodward.
Organization of the Senate
Because this was the first meeting of the University Senate, the organization
of the Senate and the status of the University Standing Committees were
considered. Dr. Gross announced that, in accordance with the University
statutes, Dr. Jones had appointed the following to the Executive Committee:
J.B. Allison, R.A. Bowers, G.S. Demarest, S. Fich, H. Gillespie, N.N. Gross,
H.C. Herge, J.B. Keosian, W.A. Maclinn, A.E. Meder, E.A. Shrader, E.P. Starke,
M.D. Talbott, W.J. von Minden
The secretary read a list of the present Standing Committees of the University
and Dr. Gross asked whether there were any changes which the members of the
Senate wished. Dr. Burns spoke of the desirability of having two additional
committees added to the list: A committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure, and a
committee on Personnel Procedures. The motion was made that these committees be
organized and made University Standing Committees. The motion was seconded and
Dean Meder expressed the opinion
that some of the Standing Committees may be regarded as of the Senate, while
others may not be so regarded; and he moved that the Executive Committee review
the question and report to the Senate at an early meeting. The motion was
seconded and passed.
Dr. Jones entered the meeting at
this juncture and assumed the Chair.
Reports of Committees
Admission, by Mr. Kramer, whose report is attached. The motion was made and
seconded that the recommendations in his report be adopted. The motion was
Budget, by Professor Hopkins, who reported that members of the Committee
attended the hearing on the University budget in the offices of the State Director
of the Budget in Trenton
on Wednesday, November 18. The Budget Committee plans to follow the same
procedure as it has followed in the past, concentrating on broad policies
rather than details. No legislative action was requested by his Committee.
Foreign Service Information:
The Secretary reported for Professor Burks, Chairman of the Committee, that the
Committee has nominated the following students to be the Rutgers delegates at
the Annual Conference on Foreign Affairs held at the United
States Military Academy in early December: Jane O’Connor of the
College for Women, and A. Morzis Munyan of the College of South Jersey.
Government Research, by Dr. Baker, who described the work of the
Committee. Since l950 the In-Service Training Programs have had an enrollment
of 340 students. Dr. Baker
mentioned several publications which have been issued by the Bureau of Government
Research since its inception, and said that several other publications are soon
to be issued.
The following committee chairmen had distributed their written reports to the
members of the senate before the meeting. No legislative action was requested
in any instance:
Professor Turner - Fulbright Awards
Professor Cameron - Library Advisory Board
Dean Durand - Student Activities Board, Newark
Mr. Platt - Physical Education and Student Health, Newark
Their reports are appended.
Report from Provost’s Cabinet
Dr. Gross spoke of the following matters which the Provost ‘s Cabinet believed should be brought
before the Senate:
(1) Faculty Work Load.
Dr. Gross recommended that the problem of the work load of the faculty be
investigated by an ad hoc committee and that the committee’ recommendations be
given to the Senate as soon as possible. After discussion the motion was made
and seconded that the faculty work load problem be referred to the Committee on
Personnel Procedures for study and recommendations. The motion was passed.
(2) Degree for Two-Year Course in Nursing. Dr. Gross raised the question
of granting the degree of Associate in Science to graduates of the two-year
course in, nursing at the Newark College of Arts id sciences. After discussion
the motion was made and seconded that the degree of Associate in Science be
conferred at the completion of the two-year program in nursing. An amending
motion was made and seconded to the following effect: That the question of
conferring the Associate in Science degree be referred to the Educational
Policies Committee for further study and recommendation to the Executive
Committee of the Senate, and that the Executive Committee be empowered to take
appropriate action. The motion was passed.
(3) Physical Education -
Newark Colleges. Dr. Gross described the problem at the Newark Colleges of whether
Korean veteran students should be required to take the two-year course in
physical education. Currently the requirement obtains, but discretion has been
granted to the Physical Education Committee in Newark to make exceptions when necessary. The
motion was made that the problem be submitted to the Committee on Academic
Standards for study . and recommendation and that meanwhile the new Physical
Education Committee continue to use its discretion. The motion was seconded and
There was no old business to be brought before the meeting.
Dean Meder announced that U. S. Air Force Headquarters has ordered that results
of the Air Force Officers qualifying tests given to Air R.O.T.C. students
throughout the country be submitted to Washington
on or before December l5, 1953. The problem of scheduling the examination was
referred to Dean Nader and the four academic deans of the Colleges for Men.
Dean Meder announced that the University will be evaluated by the Middle States
Association of Schools and Colleges in November 1955. He emphasized the
importance of beginning to prepare for the evaluation as soon as possible. He
also announced that the Executive Director of the Evaluation Commission has
asked to come to Rutgers to explain the evaluation procedure, and suggested
that a special session of the Senate be arranged, if necessary, to hear the
Director when he visits the campus. Miss Corwin urged that more Rutgers faculty
members serve on visiting teams of the Evaluation Commission, and Dean Meder said
that this topic will be brought before the Provost’ a Cabinet at an early date.
Professor Talbott expressed the hope that complete information will be
available about all matters submitted to the Senate for consideration and
decision, and he made the motion that the Executive Committee study the need
for having all these matters thoroughly considered before implementing action
is taken by the Senate. The motion was seconded and passed.
Mr. Rockafeller spoke of his concern about the extension of the daily academic
schedule until the late hours of each day with consequent interference with the
athletic program of the University. He urged that the problem be submitted to a
committee for study and recommendation. Dean Hall spoke of a similar difficulty
at the College of
South Jersey. The matter was
referred to the Executive Committee for consideration. Dr. Jones urged the
members of the Senate to send any suggestions for alleviating the situation to
the Executive Committee.
Report from the President
Dr. Jones reported on the following matters which have been considered by the
administrative officers and the Trustees:
1. Dormitory Construction. Negotiations are now proceeding rapidly for a
loan from the National Life Insurance Company of Vermont for construction of dormitories for
1000 students including an infirmary. If all goes well, construction should
begin next spring.
2. Development Program. The University is organizing a Development
Program under the direction of a Development Council, consisting of Trustees
and administrators, so that there will be a continuous program of seeking funds
for the University.
3. Olin Foundation. The University has been negotiating
with the Olin Foundation for financial
assistance in the construction of Chemical Engineering Laboratories, but it is
still too early to report significant progress.
4. Law Center
Campaign. Although close to $500,000 has been raised so far in this campaign, much remains to
be done. Justice Ackerson has been serving as Chairman of the campaign, and the
University is greatly indebted to him.
5. Business Education.
The problem of what Business Education is and where it should be concentrated
in the University is a matter of great concern, and a committee to study the
entire problem is being appointed.
6. Appointment of New
Deans. Dr. Jones introduced Dean Herge, Dean Tunks, and Dean Lowell Martin,
recently appointed Deans of the School
of Education, School of Law,
and Graduate School of Library Service, respectively. He also mentioned that
legislative appropriations have been made to the Graduate School of Library
Service and the Graduate 6chool of Social Work and that advisory committees for
both schools have been organized. Consideration is now being given to the
appointment of a dean of the Graduate school of Social Work.
Colleges. The New Jersey Medical Society and many other organizations throughout
the state are conducting an active and effective program to educate the people
of the state to the need for a medical college.
8. Dedication of the Institute
of Microbiology. Plans
for an elaborate three-day dedication of the institute have been drafted, but
the dates for the . dedication are still to be set. Several honorary degrees
will be conferred on eminent scientists from all parts of the world at the
9. Alumni-Faculty Club. The alumni are eager to have an alumni-faculty
house and last year designated $7,500 of the Rutgers Fund to the purpose. This
year they plan to allocate an additional $10,000. The Parker House on College Avenue is
being considered for conversion into a faculty club on a temporary basis, and
this might be subsidized by the alumni at a rate of $10,000 per year.
Presumably dues would be assessed against the faculty, the amount of the dues
being determined by faculty rank. Dr. Jones asked that the Senate give
consideration to the enterprise.
10. Rutgers Caravan. Last year’s Caravan programs were a success and the
University now plans to hold seven Caravans during the present academic year.
Dr. Jones encouraged members of the Senate to participate in the Caravan
The meeting was recessed for dinner at 6:15
p.m., and following dinner Dean Tunks spoke briefly about the Law School,
its present activities and plans for the future.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.
Karl E. Metzger